(a) The West Virginia massage therapy licensure board consists of five members who are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Three members of the board shall be massage therapists, one member of the board shall be an osteopathic physician or chiropractor who is knowledgeable of modalities which are included in massage therapy, and one member of the board shall be a lay person who is not a massage therapist or other health care professional.
(b) The terms of board members shall be staggered initially from July 1, 1997. The Governor shall appoint initially three members for a term of one year and two members for a term of two years. Subsequent appointments shall be for a term of two years. Each member shall serve until that member's successor is appointed and qualified, unless the board member is no longer competently performing the duties of office. Any vacancy on the board shall be filled by the Governor for the balance of the unexpired term. The Governor may remove members of the board from office for cause.